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Music department performs Winter Festival

It may not have been snowing outside, but starting the night of Nov. 19, Eastern’s Winter Music Festival was in full swing. The tickets were purchased, the audience filled their seats and, as the lights dimmed and the performers took the stage, the greetings of the holiday season came to life.

The annual event, presented by the music department, began that Friday night and came to a close on the following Sunday, with different concerts being presented each day featuring Eastern’s very own instrumental and choral ensembles.

On opening night, the Eastern Winds, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band took the stage. Each performance of the night was musically captivating, from the delicate sounds of the wind instruments to the distinctive unified sounds of the Percussion Ensemble and the charming music of the Jazz Band. Those in attendance witnessed a delightful show that was just the beginning of the classic annual event.

The sounds of music continued the following night on Nov. 20, with the St. David’s Orchestra Society, Eastern Strings, MIDI Ensemble and the University Choir performing. The night was full of musical creativity from the MIDI Ensemble performing their piece “Super Medley Bros,” arranged by sophomore Justin Tokke, and the gracefully enchanting sounds of The St. David’s Orchestra Society and Eastern Strings.

“It was beautiful,” junior Kristen Davies said.

The University Choir, led by conductor Richard Frost, also delighted audience members with their united voices of song.

Nov. 21 closed this year’s Winter Music Festival with performances by the Flute Choir, Turning Point and Angels of Harmony, as well as a special guest ensemble, the Radnor School District Flute Ensemble. The afternoon concert was full of the sweet sounds of the flutes, and Angels of Harmony and Turning Point pleased the audience with their wonderful performances.

The Winter Music Festival was more than just three days of concerts that allowed talented instrumentalists and vocalists to take the stage and shine; it was a chance for the coming holidays and winter season to be cheerfully welcomed by the enchanting sounds of music.

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